News from Regional Rep | Anglesey

The Resistance to Wasteland needs more recruits

Join the Resistance against single-use plastics! www.plasticfree.org.uk #JoinTheResistance #PlasticFreeCoastlines @sascampaigns


Surfers Against Sewage | Anglesey | Sian Sykes | Beach Clean

What is plastic pollution?

It’s plastic where it shouldn’t be. It’s in the sea and on the beach and it’s causing harm. We’re using more plastic than ever, it’s durable, cheap to produce and we’re consuming it at staggering rates. Current estimates show that at last 8 million pieces of plastic are entering the oceans every single day.

Plastic pollution facts & stats

  • Plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world, from busy tourist beaches to uninhabited, tropical islands nowhere is safe.
  • Scientists have recently discovered microplastics embedded deep in the Arctic ice.
  • In 1950, the world’s population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic; in 2016, a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic. This is set to double by 2034.
  • Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.
  • here may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes
  • Plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris studied
  • Approx 5000 items of marine plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK
  • Over 150 plastic bottles litter each mile of UK beaches.
  • Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined
  • 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually
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SAS Plastic Free Coastlines

177KG AMOUNT OF PACKAGING WASTE THAT EACH BRITON CREATES, EVERY YEAR!

£0.001 AVERAGE COST OF A LITRE OF TAP WATER. 500 TIMES LESS THAN BOTTLED WATER!

 

Why plastic?

Convenient at the time, throwaway plastics are used for a matter of minutes, but last a lifetime in the marine environment, causing death and destruction to all that resides there. With parts of the ocean now holding more plastic than plankton, our entire ecosystem is under threat. Losing food, recreation and the oxygen giving qualities of the ocean will impact every single one of us.

What can we do?

Boycott throwaway plastics. Making simple changes to the way you live not only improves our environment but can also save you money! 

EVERY ACTION IS A VICTORY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST WASTELAND! 

Suggestions on how you can fight Wasteland

  • Remember your refillable water bottle
  • Take a reusable coffee cup and refuse single-use take away cups
  • Refuse single-use packaging
  • Resist a straw; straws suck
  • Refuse a single-use plastic bag and take your own
  • Take your own cutlery or use sustainable alternatives
  • Avoid single-use plastics in the bathroom
  • Refuse single-use condiment sachets
  • Do your own #MiniBeachClean
  • Grab a handful of plastic pollution every time you visit your beach
  • Fund the Resistance
  • Donate to SAS today. Just £5 helps create Plastic Free Coastlines 
SAS | Autumn Beach Clean

Surfers Against Sewage | Autumn Beach Clean

Each year our coastal communities brace themselves against the winter conditions that create a ‘Perfect Storm’ of plastic pollution on our beaches. The Autumn Beach Clean extends deep into this darker, colder time than any other beach clean project. When, in the absence of summer’s tourist spotlight, the health of our coastlines can slip from the nation’s mind.

Along with over 300 other Beach Clean Leaders, I have joined Surfers Against Sewage and their partners; The Crown Estate, Greggs, Parley For The Oceans and Ecover to unite, inspire and empower my community to take action to help create Plastic Free Coastlines.
 

Abermenai Pont, beach clean | 28th October

I am running Beach Clean at Abermenai Point to tackle the problem on the beach on the 28th October. 

Abermenai is the mouth that feeds the Menai Strait and we should be protecting this magical environment. The amount of cotton bud waste, nurdles, fishing nets and broken down plastics we find is shocking. 

It would be great if you could join and help with a beach clean on Anglesey, to help keep our fantastic marine life happy and to keep our island looking beautiful and loved.

If you can either join the Paddle and Pick or you are more than welcome to to come on foot with assistance from Natural Resource Wales who will transport you from Newborough beach to Abermenai Point. 

Please get in touch if you can help.


Company away day with a difference

Company Away Day with Sian Sykes | Anglesey | SUP & SAS Beach Clean

Do something different with your team, get them outside and invigorated by doing a beach clean supporting Surfers Against Sewage and paddleboarding with me. Stand up paddleboarding is such a fun social sport and a perfect opportunity to get everyone re connecting with nature and enjoy being on the water. 

Our corporate events are a big hit as it creates an increase in positivity, improves everyones wellbeing and keeps your team as one happy family, plus it is a good laugh too. Why not join for a mini beach clean, paddle boarding safari followed by a non single use plastic picnic or BBQ.

Spread the word and do something positive and a little different with your team this year.

Book the SUP experience https://www.psychedpaddleboarding.com/corporate-events/

I hope you can help to spread the word and make changes in your life to help with plastic free coastlines. If you are out for a walk, swim, paddle, please do a mini beach clean. Lets do our bit.

Best wishes,

Sian & Ruby the pooch x

SUP | Marine Code

SUP | Marine Code

Please consider when going off on a SUP adventure

Marine Code | SUP Advice
 
As you all know I am passionate about the environment and I work closely with Surfers Against Sewage and the North Wales Wildlife Trust. The reason why I love paddle boarding is to go on a wonderful journey, to re connect with nature and to enjoy being outside. However as a paddlerboarder we need to be aware of the marine code of conduct. I spoke with Catrin who is a Marine Ecosystems Project Officer, she has provided very useful information for us.
— Sian | Psyched Paddleboarding
 

"Paddling gracefully and silently along the iconic Menai Straits or around the majestic craggy coastline of the legendary Ynys Llanddwyn can seem like something out of a nature documentary. In an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the stunning backdrop of Snowdonia, nature and wildlife blossoms here.

This picturesque idea of paddling around the rugged and stunning coastline whilst the local marine life go about their business undisturbed by our presence can seem idyllic.  Realistically, this is not always the case and marine mammals and other wildlife can be disturbed.  Contrary to belief, although paddle boards don’t have an engine, they can cause just as much disturbance to marine mammals as a motorised vessel.

While some inquisitive grey seals and dolphins will, on occasions, get up close and personal to your paddle board, we believe that this should always be on their terms, in order to keep disturbance to the minimal. Our seas and coastline is abundant with sea creatures of all kind and we want to keep it that way. Sticking the balance between recreation and wildlife is important to us, enabling everyone to enjoy their paddle boarding experience, without having a negative impact on our lovely marine friends.

The Anglesey marine code of conduct is in place to do just that. The aim of the code is not to prevent these activities, or encounters with marine animals, but to ensure that they are undertaken with the marine environment in mind.

It applies to all recreational vessels including paddle boards. We ask you to always comply with requests from the local patrol boats and be aware of speed restrictions around bathing beaches and wildlife sites. In general keep a good look out and keep your distance. Do not approach marine mammals, let them come to you. Please paddle with care and attention for the safety of occupants and respect for all other sea users.

If dolphins, porpoises or seals are encountered at sea please:

· Slow down gradually to minimum speed.

· Do not make sudden changes in speed or course.

· Do not steer directly towards them or approach within 100m.

· Do not attempt to touch, feed or swim with them.

· Take extra care to avoid disturbing animals with young.

· Do not approach seals resting on the shore, and do not enter sea caves during the pupping season (1st August to 31st October).

· Do not discard litter or fishing tackle at sea.

· Avoid any unnecessary noise near the animals.

 

With birds in mind, please:

· Keep out from cliffs in the breeding season, 1st March – 31st July.

· Avoid any unnecessary noise close to cliffs.

· Keep clear of groups of birds resting or feeding on the sea.

Note that Anglesey Harbourmasters and Launch Control Officers are authorised to withdraw launching and/or mooring permits from vessels and individuals not observing local regulations, byelaws or the Anglesey Marine Code. Deliberate or reckless disturbance of any protected species (such as dolphins) is a criminal offence."

Catrin Glyn

Swyddog Prosiect Ecosystemau Morol
Marine Ecosystems Project Officer

01286 679445

www.penllynarsarnau.co.uk

 

Marine litter

Breaks my heart seeing marine litter every time I am on the beach. Do your bit, avoid single use plastics and pick up litter you find whether you are paddleboarding, walking, swimming, kayaking, surfing or what ever you doing whilst enjoying the beach and ocean... let's do this! #plasticfreecoastlines


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Caring for the environment

I care deeply about the environment and what I can do personally and on a business level to help do my bit. I have found #guppyfriend to stop micro waste going into our waters. So all the Psyched Paddleboarding changing robes and rashes will be lovingly washed in the washing bag by GuppyFriend Surfers Against Sewage Patagonia #plasticfreecoastlines


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Porpoise & Paddle

So we had an amazing day on the Porpoise & Paddle event in collaboration with the North Wales Wildlife Trust. We spotted lots of porpoise on the North coast of #Anglesey. It was wonderful to see them dancing in the water whilst having a panad. After porpoise spotting we headed to the beach and enjoyed a healthy and single use plastic free picnic, followed by paddleboarding in the sea. Then we ended the session with a beach clean and helping to raise awareness about marine litter. Thank you to everyone who came, you were super stars! And a big thank you to Dawn from the North Wales Wildlife Trust for providing a great insight to porpoise and for arranging them to come and see us. 🐬🏄🏻‍♀️🏄🏽🏝

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Telegraph & Visit Wales

"To give people that whole happiness – I love seeing them sparkle and shine. I want them to enjoy what North Wales has to offer"

Sian Sykes, Psyched Paddleboarding

 

Check out my recent feature in The Telegraph about stand up paddleboarding, beautiful North Wales and why I love it so much. Enjoy the beautiful video.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/epic-day-in-wales/how-to-paddleboard/

 

#SUP #paddleboarding #wales #adventure #Snowdonia #Anglesey 

 

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Radio Wales

So this just happened... I've just taught Wynne Evans to paddleboard from Radio Wales! Find out how he got on tomorrow on his show on Radio Wales.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0922x1j

 

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Wales Online | Night SUP Snowdonia

Stoked to see my night time paddleboarding experience featured by Wales Online

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/paddleboard-night-lake-snowdonia-looking-13601296

 

Reasons why I love night paddleboarding;

I love the silence, the stillness and calm at dusk. The night shift begins, bats fly and owls begin to hoot. Watching the last splashes of colour fade. Stars, one by one, begin to fill up your sky and bright white moon rises to guide you on the water as it's shiny white reflections ripple across the water.

 

 

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Coastal Lives | Robson Green

What an awesome day in paradise on Anglesey. I had the absolute pleasure of introducing Robson Green to SUP! He came up to film me for the fantastic new Robson Green's Coastal Lives series on ITV.

 

Watch out for me on the 19th Sept to see how Robson got on with paddleboarding at Llanddwyn, one of my favourite locations to SUP.

 

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Robson Green & his TV crew & Sian Sykes | Psyched Paddleboarding

Robson Green & his TV crew & Sian Sykes | Psyched Paddleboarding

Filming | Telegraph & Visit Wales

A fantastic day with the film crew from Telegraph Media and Eastwood Media filming  me for Visit Wales & Telegraph. It was great they came along to capture the wonderful SUP experiences I offer. 

 

It has been totally amazing, awesome customers, superb film crew and amazing team to ensure today has been a great success. Thanks everyone, I cannot wait to see the film!

 

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my job!

 

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Plastic Free Coastlines - Say no to single use

- A 140% increase in plastic litter since 1994

- 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day!

- A Plastic bottle may persist in the marine environment for more than 450 years if left on a beach

- 8 million pieces of marine litter enter the sea every day. 

- 95% of fulmars in the North Sea have ingested plastic

- 37.4 percent of marine litter comes directly from the public

- Over 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion of and entanglement in marine litter

- On average there are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of ocean

- More than 320 Sewage Related Debris items are found per mile of beach in the UK; these items include wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, and sanitary items

Company Away Day -

Mat, Tom, Chris & Sam wanted to do something a little different for their Company Away Day, they wanted to make an impact and to make a positive difference, so they volunteered to do a #minibeachclean for Surfers Against Sewage, followed by a SUP Safari to Llanddwyn with a panad (cup of tea) & cake on the beach, followed by a single plastic free BBQ picnic overlooking Snowdonia in the sunshine.

Well done to the guys at Kind, you are stars! I and Surfers Against Sewage are so grateful by your efforts today by helping towards #plasticfreecoastlines

You guys are awesome!

SUP SAFARI

SUP Safari | Anglesey | Psyched Paddleboarding

Psyched Paddleboarding provides superb Sup experiences, we run SUP safari's along the spectacular coastline of Anglesey and in Snowdonia. The half day will be spent journeying to a stunning location. Enjoy the atmosphere, the change in environment, re connect with nature, enjoy the solitude and time out from the hustle and bustle. This is a true SUP adventure!

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SUP SOCIAL

Stand up paddle boarding is such a fun and social activity so why not hang out with Sian for an hour and meet like minded people who just want to get out for a SUP. This activity is designed for people who have SUP before. No coaching will be provided. Safety cover and guiding. If people fancy we can do a BBQ, picnic or go for a bite to eat afterwards.

SUP SOCIAL | Psyched Paddleboarding

FLOATING AROUND IN WATER LILIES

Floating around on the water lilies | Night SUP | Psyched Paddleboarding |

Be guided by a magical moonlight and starry sky for your SUP adventure in Snowdonia. It is truly a special way to SUP, experience being close to the water, senses heightened to hear wildlife. Snowdonia has been awarded Dark Skies Reserve due to the outstanding quality of the night air! We are pretty proud as its 1 of only 11 dark sky reserves in the whole world, impressive! So come and join us to paddle boarding in a starry night in Snowdonia. Create wonderful memories and experience special moments.

ADVENTURE SUP

Hello my lovely SUP'ers fancy joining us for an exciting Adventure SUP! Coasteering/or gorge and SUP!

This is such an exhilarating and adrenaline pumping experience in North Wales. The activity is spent journeying and exploring. It is a wonderful way of discovering the new areas and it’s wildlife! Feel invigorated leaping off rocks into the ocean! There are offshore islets to swim to and hidden coves to discover. This is an action packed and social activity that is ideal for social get togethers looking to do something a little bit different and active to do.